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Each week on The Book Show, host Joe Donahue interviews authors about their books, their lives and their craft. It is a celebration of both reading and writers.

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Each week on The Book Show, host Joe Donahue interviews authors about their books, their lives and their craft. It is a celebration of both reading and writers.

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Best Author Interviews Out There

By Gingerrsnapped - Apr 23 2017
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Such an underrated show in the podcast sphere. I used to listen on the radio back east and it's a treasure trove for listening to some of the best authors.

iTunes Ratings

11 Ratings
Average Ratings
8
2
1
0
0

Best Author Interviews Out There

By Gingerrsnapped - Apr 23 2017
Read more
Such an underrated show in the podcast sphere. I used to listen on the radio back east and it's a treasure trove for listening to some of the best authors.
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The Book Show

Latest release on Nov 17, 2020

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Each week on The Book Show, host Joe Donahue interviews authors about their books, their lives and their craft. It is a celebration of both reading and writers.

Rank #1: #1639: Sharon Olds’ “Arias”

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Sharon Olds is renowned for poetry that examines marriage, motherhood, intimacy, and the human condition. She is the author of 13 books of poetry and received both the Pulitzer Prize and England’s T. S. Eliot Prize. (more…)

Dec 17 2019

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Rank #2: #1609 – Anna Quindlen

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Anna Quindlen became a go-to writer on the joys and challenges of family, motherhood, and modern life, in her nationally syndicated column.

In her new book, “Nanaville: Adventures in Grandparenting,” she offers observations about her new role, no longer mother and decision-maker, but secondary character and support to the parents of her grandchildren.

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May 21 2019

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Rank #3: #1638: Gail Collins’ “When Everything Changed” and “America’s Women”

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New York Times columnist Gail Collins has written a new book on a subject that is timelier than ever: women and aging in America. Author of the acclaimed New York Times bestsellers “When Everything Changed” and “America’s Women,” Collins was the first woman to serve as the editorial page editor of the New York Times. (more…)

Dec 10 2019

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Rank #4: #1588 – Tommy Orange

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Tommy Orange’s powerful and urgent Native American voice has exploded onto the landscape of contemporary fiction. His debut novel, “There There,” interweaves the experiences of twelve people who gather in Oakland for a pow wow. It is a multigenerational story about violence, recovery, hope, and loss.

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Dec 25 2018

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Rank #5: #1589 – Tara Westover

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Tara Westover’s memoir, “Educated,” has made its way to the number one spot on the New York Times bestsellers list.

She tells her story of being a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University.

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Jan 01 2019

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Rank #6: #1614: Journalist Ruth Reichl Discusses Latest Book “Save Me the Plums”

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Ruth Reichl is an award-winning journalist, honored with six James Beard Awards for her journalism, magazine feature writing, and criticism. Her latest book, “Save Me the Plums,” chronicles her groundbreaking tenure as editor in chief of Gourmet Magazine. The book is also a commentary on the revolutionary world of food from 1999 to 2009.

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Jun 25 2019

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Rank #7: #1662: Lawrence Wright “The End Of October” | The Book Show

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On this week’s Book Show, Lawrence Wright discusses his new thriller: The End of October. (more…)

May 27 2020

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Rank #8: #1598 – Akiko Busch

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In our increasingly networked and image-saturated lives, the notion of disappearing has never been both more enchanting. A lifelong student and observer of the natural world, Akiko Busch, set out to explore her own uneasiness with this arrangement. Her new book, “How to Disappear: Notes on Invisibility in a Time of Transparency.”

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Mar 05 2019

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Rank #9: #1649: Erik Larson’s “The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz,” | The Book Show

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Erik Larson is known for expertly transporting readers to past worlds. Even stories we think we know come to life in a different way once in his hands. (more…)

Feb 27 2020

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Rank #10: #1627: Malcolm Gladwell’s New Book “Talking To Strangers”

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Malcolm Gladwell’s books bestselling books include “The Tipping Point,” “Blink” and “Outliers.” (more…)

Sep 25 2019

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Rank #11: #1624: Ibram X. Kendi’s “How To Be An Antiracist”

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Ibram X. Kendi is the founding Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. He is also a columnist at The Atlantic and Author of “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America,” which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction. His latest book is “How to Be An Antiracist.” (more…)

Sep 03 2019

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Rank #12: #1660: Emily St. John Mandel’s “The Glass Hotel” | The Book Show

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Emily St. John Mandel is the award winning author of “Station 11.” Her new novel “The Glass Hotel” is set at the glittering intersection of two seemingly disparate events; a massive Ponzi scheme collapse and the mysterious disappearance of a woman from a ship at sea. In the story Mandel highlights crisis and survival. Readers are taken through often hidden landscapes, campgrounds for the near homeless, underground electronica clubs, the business of international shipping service and luxury hotels, and life in a federal prison. “The Glass Hotel” is a portrait of greed and guilt, love and delusion, ghosts and unintended consequences and the infinite ways we search for meaning in our lives. (more…)

May 14 2020

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Rank #13: #1604 – Dave Eggers

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From the bestselling author of “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius,” “The Circle,” “A Hologram for the King,” and “What Is the What” comes a taut, suspenseful story of two visitors’ role in a nation’s fragile peace.

Dave Eggers’ latest is “The Parade: A Novel.”

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Apr 16 2019

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Rank #14: #1602 – Frances Mayes

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Frances Mayes has spent thirty years splitting her time between her native United States and adopted home in Tuscany and writing bestselling books, including the classic, “Under the Tuscan Sun.”

In her latest, “See You In the Piazza,” she and her husband hit the road to explore the country afresh from north to south, eating and drinking their way through.

This an Off the Shelf edition of The Book Show recorded remotely with a live audience in an event presented by Northshire Bookstore.

Beginning with this episode, The Book Show will follow a new 30 format.

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Apr 02 2019

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Rank #15: #1586 – David Baldacci

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David Baldacci is one of the greatest thriller writers of the last two decades.He creates heroes with severe flaws, powerful people of influence who are easily corruptible, or in the case of his most recent novel, “Long Road to Mercy,” an FBI agent with special skills assigned to the remote wilds of the southwestern United States.

Dec 12 2018

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Rank #16: #1650: Diane Rehm’s “When My Time Comes” | The Book Show

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Renowned radio host Diane Rehm joins us this week to discuss her new book, “When My Time Comes,” which addresses the urgent, hotly contested cause of the Right-to-Die movement, of which she is one of the most inspiring champions.
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Mar 03 2020

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Rank #17: #1610: New York Times Bestselling Author David McCullough’s “The Pioneers”

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Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, New York Times Bestselling author, and master historian David McCullough rediscovers an important and dramatic chapter in the American story with his latest, “The Pioneers.” In it he tells the story of the settling of the Northwest Territory by dauntless pioneers. (more…)

May 28 2019

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Rank #18: #1661: Glennon Doyle’s “Untamed” | The Book Show

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Glennon Doyle is the author of the number one New York Times bestseller “Love Warrior,” an Oprah’s Book Club selection and another New York Times bestseller “Carry On, Warrior.” Doyle is an activist, speaker, and thought leader. She is also the founder and president of Together Rising, which has raised over $20 million for women, families and children in crisis. (more…)

May 26 2020

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Rank #19: #1658: Robert Reich’s “The System” | The Book Show

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Robert Reich is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He has served in three national administrations, including Secretary of Labor from 1993 to 1997. He’s also the bestselling author of “Saving Capitalism” and “The Common Good.” His latest book “The System: Who Rigged It, How To Fix It” is an analysis of how the rigged systems of American politics and power operate; how this status quo came to be; and how average citizens can enact change. (more…)

Apr 29 2020

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Rank #20: #1591 – Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

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Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s first short story collection, “Friday Black,” is a satirical look at what it’s like to be young and black in America, offering surreal tales and dystopian satire about American consumerism and race.

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Jan 15 2019

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#1687: Roddy Doyle “Love” | The Book Show

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In Roddy Doyle’s latest novel Love, Joe and Davy are two old friends who meet at a Dublin pub for a night of reconnecting and hard-drinking. Joe has a burning secret; Davy has a concealed sorrow. Doyle is the Booker Prize-winning author of Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha and The Commitments. (more…)

Nov 17 2020

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#1686: Janis – Her Life And Music | The Book Show

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On this week’s Book Show, we dive into the life and legacy of Janis Joplin. Holly George-Warren discusses her book, Janis: Her Life and Music. (more…)

Nov 10 2020

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#1685: Tana French “The Searcher” | The Book Show

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This week on The Book Show, Tana French discusses her book The Searcher. This is her first novel to feature an American protagonist and brings all of French’s atmospherics and characterization to a story that plays with the traditions of suspense fiction and does not fail to keep readers guessing. The New York Times has proclaimed, “she is in a class by herself.” (more…)

Nov 03 2020

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#1684: Sue Miller “Monogamy” | The Book Show.

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This week on The Book Show, New York Times bestselling author Sue Miller’s insightful new novel focuses on marriage, love, family, happiness, and sorrow. Monogamy is the story of Annie and Graham, happily married for 30 years. But after Graham dies suddenly, Annie discovers he was having an affair. (more…)

Oct 27 2020

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1683: Ayad Akhtar “Homeland Elegies” | The Book Show

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This week on The Book Show, novelist and playwright Ayad Akhtar. Akhtar is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. His latest work is Homeland Elegies, a deeply personal work about identity and belonging in a nation coming apart at the seams. It blends fact and fiction to tell an epic story of longing and dispossession in a world that 9/11 made. (more…)

Oct 20 2020

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#1681: Jonathan Alter “His Very Best” | The Book Show

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On this week’s Book Show, Journalist Jonathan Alter discusses his new book His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, A Life.

This is the first full-length biography of Jimmy Carter, the thirty-ninth president of the United States and Nobel Prize-winning humanitarian. (more…)

Oct 06 2020

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#1680: Ken Follett “The Evening And The Morning” | The Book Show

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This week on The Book Show, Ken Follett. Follett has sold more than 170 million books, including the acclaimed novel The Pillars of Earth. Now, Follett is out with a prequel titled The Evening and the Morning, a historical epic about the world emerging from the Dark Ages. (more…)

Sep 29 2020

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#1679: Sigrid Nunez “What You Are Going Through” | The Book Show

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This week on The Book Show, Sigrid Nunez, looks back to a precarious, pre-pandemic world. In her new book What You Are Going Through, she tells the story of death and companionship, loneliness, and obligation, and as she writes: “Messy life. Unfair life. Life that must be dealt with.” (more…)

Sep 22 2020

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#1678: Vanessa Veselka “The Great Offshore Grounds” | The Book Show

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This week on The Book Show, Vanessa Veselka’s new novel, The Great Offshore Grounds, tells the story of sisters Livy and Cheyenne as they set out to claim an unusual inheritance from their estranged father. The book explores how individuals begin to navigate ethics and emotions until they find where in the world they belong. (more…)

Sep 15 2020

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#1677: Carl Hiaasen “Squeeze Me” | The Book Show

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This week on The Book Show, author Carl Hiaasen  discusses his latest novel Squeeze Me. Hiaasen takes on The Palm Beach social scene – complete with Presidential shenanigans, a missing woman named Kiki Pew, and enormous pythons. (more…)

Sep 08 2020

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#1676: Kurt Anderson “Evil Geniuses: The Unmaking Of America” | The Book Show

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This week on The Book Show, Kurt Anderson discusses his new book Evil Geniuses: The Unmaking of America: A Recent History. Andersen asks the question: When did America give up on fairness? (more…)

Sep 01 2020

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#1675: Jhumpa Lahiri “The Penguin Book Of Italian Short Stories” | The Book Show

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This week on The Book Show, Jhumpa Lahiri discusses her recently edited and published work. Lahiri fell in love with the Italian language and literature in 2012. Her new work The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories, features short works of fiction.

Some works are appearing in English for the first time. (more…)

Aug 25 2020

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#1674: Caroline Leavitt “With Or Without You” | The Book Show

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This week on The Book Show, bestselling author Caroline Leavitt’s latest, With or Without You.

With Or Without You, tells the story of Stella. When she wakes from a coma she develops an uncanny ability to draw and identify everyone’s innermost feelings. Her husband and best friend, who bonded during her illness, may have formed a new relationship as she lay sleeping. (more…)

Aug 18 2020

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#1673: Emma Donoghue “The Pull Of The Stars” | The Book Show

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This week on The Book Show, Emma Donoghue, author of the novel The Pull of the Stars.

The Pull Of The Stars transports readers to 1918 Dublin, in a maternity ward at the height of the Great Flu. (more…)

Aug 11 2020

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#1672: Chris Wallace “Countdown 1945” | The Book Show

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This week on The Book Show, Veteran Journalist and Fox News Sunday Anchor Chris Wallace, discusses his new book, Countdown 1945: The Extraordinary Story of the 116 Days That Changed the World.

Wallaces’ book is a behind-the-scenes account leading up to the world’s first use of the atomic bomb during wartime. (more…)

Aug 04 2020

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#1671: Scott Spencer “An Ocean Without A Shore” | The Book Show

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On this week’s Book Show, critically acclaimed author Scott Spencer discusses his new novel An Ocean Without a Shore. A story of frustrated longing, and the lengths we will go for those we love—even if they don’t love us in return. (more…)

Jul 28 2020

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#1670: Kelly Braffet “The Unwilling” | The Book Show

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This week on The Book Show, Kelly Braffet discusses her latest novel – The Unwilling, which is a high stakes coming-of-age tale full of enchantment and political turmoil. (more…)

Jul 21 2020

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#1669: Adam Goodman “The Deportation Machine” | The Book Show

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This week on The Book Show, Adam Goodman discusses his new book The Deportation Machine.

Goodman traces the long and troubling history of the US government’s systematic efforts to terrorize and expel immigrants over the past 140 years. (more…)

Jul 14 2020

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#1668: Amity Gaige “Sea Wife” | The Book Show

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This week on The Book Show, Amity Gaige discusses her book, Sea Wife. A transporting novel about marriage, family and love in a time of turmoil.
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Jul 07 2020

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#1667: John Dickerson “The Hardest Job In The World: The American Presidency” | The Book Show

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On this week’s Book Show, John Dickerson discusses his new book The Hardest Job in the World: The American Presidency. He takes a deep dive into the history, evolution and current state of the American presidency. (more…)

Jun 30 2020

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iTunes Ratings

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Best Author Interviews Out There

By Gingerrsnapped - Apr 23 2017
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Such an underrated show in the podcast sphere. I used to listen on the radio back east and it's a treasure trove for listening to some of the best authors.